Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai dies in Nairobi

Daily Nation
Prof Wangari Maathai, a world icon for conservation, died at Nairobi Hospital on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

In Summary

  • President Kibaki said the world has not only lost a renowned environmentalist and but also a great human rights crusader.
  • Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete celebrates Maathai, describes her as a great woman and an inspiration for many women across Africa.
  • Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said Prof Maathai would forever be celebrated and honoured. Continue reading Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai dies in Nairobi

A rocky electoral road

Africa Confidential

Polling looks almost certain to be postponed but President Kabila’s opponents may try to test their support on the street

The 25 November presidential and parliamentary elections were always going to be difficult but the violence has already begun. On 5 September, a crowd of supporters of President Joseph Kabila’s Parti du peuple pour la reconstruction et le développement pelted about 1,000 supporters of Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, outside their party headquarters. Veteran oppositionist Tshisekedi is presidential candidate for his Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social. UDPS militants retaliated by setting fire to the PPRD building and burning seven cars. More

Impunity rules during Zimbabwe’s “transition”

President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe

HARARE, 20 September 2011 (IRIN) – Earlier this month Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was telling MPs in parliament – to loud cheers from both side of the house – that there would be “zero tolerance” of political violence, while outside the building, supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were being severely beaten by Mugabe supporters, as police stood by. Continue reading Impunity rules during Zimbabwe’s “transition”